Resilience in the Face of the Holiday Blues

The Sky Center recognizes that the holiday season can bring as much stress as it can bring joy. Families with school age children find themselves juggling extra child care needs with the demands of working life. Not everyone’s home environment mirrors the images depicted on the multitude of screens that are simultaneously imploring us to purchase our way to happiness. It can be a recipe for stress and in the extreme, trigger symptoms of depression and anxiety.

However, more time together with family and friends and the support of this increased connection can offer pathways to resilience. In fact, the following on-line article in Psychology Today debunks myths around increased suicidality during the holiday season and offers some helpful insights into other common misconceptions regarding suicidality:

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/reading-between-the-headlines/201412/suicide-and-the-holidays

For some helpful tips on how to manage holiday stress, we offer the following article by Judson Brewer in Mindful Magazine’s November issue: Train Your Brain to Tame Holiday Stress and Anxiety.

https://www.mindful.org/train-brain-tame-holiday-stress-anxiety/

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GIVING TUESDAY MEANS AN OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE HOPE!

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Giving Tuesday is an international giving movement celebrated the Tuesday after Thanksgiving – this year it will be on November 28, 2017. We are participating with the Center for Non-Profit Excellence’s (CNPE) global day of giving as part of Giving Tuesday New Mexico.

This year, The Sky Center is hoping to raise $5000 on Giving Tuesday to go towards our life-enhancing and life-saving programs. All of our services enhance wellness at the community wide level. At the same time, we offer the light of hope to individuals who are considering giving up.

We never give up.

If you’ve already donated, THANK YOU and please consider making an additional gift to help sustain our programs in the community. Where there’s help there’s hope – your help gives us hope!

Please donate to The Sky Center on Giving Tuesday to help us reach $5,000. Be a part of the HOPE!

#WeHaveHope.

#GivingTuesdayNM 

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Resources for Allyship: Enhancing Protective Factors for Our LGBQT+ Youth

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The Sky Center/New Mexico Suicide Intervention Project seeks to enhance the protective factors that lead to reduced risk for youth suicide in New Mexico. Given the increased risk factors connected to the effects of bias and oppression for marginalized groups, we recognize the importance of sharing resources to increase awareness and support the work of allyship. LGBQT+ youth are at vastly greater risk in terms of contemplating, attempting, and completing suicide. In order for our community to learn more and participate in enhancing the safety and resilience of LGBTQ+ youth, we endorse and offer links to the following resources:

I am Me: Understanding the Intersections of Gender, Sexuality and Identity” is a training film by Jenn Jevertson, MS. As described by Jevertson, the film explores concepts, terminology and challenges that our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) young people face. Link to view on You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fb0kO6Fdh2w

The Trevor Project provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBQT+ youth. To learn more, please visit: https://www.thetrevorproject.org/

Reducing the risk of youth suicide in Santa Fe County and Northern New Mexico.

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